For centuries Simon's Town, just outside Cape Town, has provided a safe harbour from high tides and howling winds to ships and sailors on their journeys around the coast of Africa.
One of South Africa's oldest towns, ships would dock at the harbour to find shelter from the northerly winter winds. Today, evidence of the harbour's rich maritime history is sprinkled all across the old town and tourists flock here to enjoy its charm, situated in beautiful natural surrounds.
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Just around the corner as you drive through Simon's Town towards the Cape Peninsula lies Boulders Beach, home to the world-famous colony of African penguins and known for its giant ancient granite boulders. It is here where you will find the latest addition to the Tintswalo family of luxury lodges.
Located right above Boulders Beach, you will look far to find a spot more idyllic or closer to nature and history alike.
(PHOTO: Alet Janse van Rensburg)
Joining its flagship sister in the Western Cape, the Tintswalo Atlantic in Hout Bay, the recently opened Tintswalo at Boulders is a private villa with panoramic views of the ocean and surrounds and direct access to the beach and penguin colony. The villa has nine double suites, some with balconies overlooking the sea, as well as a children's suite where you can leave the kids to play while you relax.
The suites can be booked individually or you can rent the entire villa on an exclusive basis. While you'll have to shell out some pretty pennies to have the whole family over, it might just be worth your while as the lodge offers plenty to do for young and old, including a swimming pool, cinema room, in-room spa treatments and central courtyard with a fire pit for a family braai.
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Breakfast is included for individual bookings and a private chef caters for lunch and dinner when you book the entire villa.
The villa, which used to be two private homes now joined together, truly has a family holiday feel to it, with beautifully decorated living and dining areas and several decks overlooking the beach and ocean. All the rooms have en-suite bathrooms and are individually decorated. Paying homage to the maritime history of the town, the rooms are named after famous ships, ranging from the Mayflower and the Cutty Sark, to Jan van Riebeeck’s Drommedaris.
Being walking distance from Boulders Beach, a dip in the ocean is minutes away. Table Mountain National Park offers guided tours of the penguin conservancy or you can just take a stroll down the walkways to go watch the penguins from up close.
Other activities in the area include scenic walks in the surrounding mountains, taking a drive to Cape Point, or if you're feeling adventurous, kayaking or paddle boarding.
Boulders Beach is a great base to enjoy the Cape Peninsula and Cape Town and the airport is only about 40 to 50 minutes away, making Tintswalo at Boulders the perfect getaway.
*Tintswalo at Boulders is offering an opening special available until 31 March 2019, offering a complimentary third night when booking a two-night stay (Peak season block out period 15 December – 15 January applies). Low season rate from R2500 per room per night and high season from R3000 per room per night – including full breakfast and afternoon snacks.Exclusive use of the villa from R24 000 per night (excluding all meals). A minimum stay of three nights required for exclusive-use bookings.
PHOTOS: Supplied by Tinswalo Boulders.
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